It’s not easy to admit to yourself that you could be living with untreated hearing loss. Taking the first step toward better hearing healthcare and working to treat hearing loss can take you down many different paths. It’s important to realize you will have emotions connected to your hearing loss and that is ok and perfectly normal. You are not alone. In fact, more than 48 Million Americans are living with some level of untreated hearing loss right now. “That includes 1 in 6 baby boomers and two-thirds of those over age 70,” says Frank Lin, M.D., associate professor of otolaryngology and epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University.
The Dangers of Leaving Hearing Loss Untreated
The problem is that untreated hearing loss has been linked to early on-set dementia and an overall decline in memory and thinking skills, not to mention the list of other health-related issues that can be linked to untreated hearing loss.
We also know hearing loss is a common problem caused by one, or a combination of, noise, aging, disease, and heredity. Seeking help for untreated hearing loss can become confusing for a person with hearing loss. We suggest having a close friend or loved-one be your partner for your hearing loss treatment and journey. Having a friend or family member with you as you go through the process will offer you comfort, as well as help the hearing loss professional with familiar voice testing and explanations of suggested hearing loss treatment.
Taking the First Steps to Better Hearing
People living with hearing loss generally have difficulty participating in complete conversations with friends, family and even physicians. This becomes cause for concern with cognitive decline, but also in terms of a person’s general safety. Responding to warnings, doorbells and alarms can become challenging and dangerous when missed.
Your first choice in the hearing loss treatment process is to choose to see an Audiologist and/or NBC-HIS or select a product, such as an over the counter (OTC) hearing aid, without the help of a professional. If you haven’t read our blog about OTC hearing aids, check it out now.
By choosing to work with an Audiologist and/or NBC-HIS, there are scientific and proven ways to measure the performance of hearing aids and hearing loss that will clearly define a hearing loss treatment plan for you. Your first step will be to call and schedule a hearing test. This will give your hearing professional a proper read of your hearing capabilities.
You can’t just turn on a hearing aid and know that it’s working right. Part of this has to do with simple acoustics. Taking measurements in the ear canal is what can make the difference, especially if your hearing aids can be adjusted.
Whatever you do to improve your hearing, make the investment to see an Audiologist. We will evaluate performance of your hearing devices and set you up with realistic expectations for your hearing in the future. Learn more about the hearing aid fitting process.
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